CutTime Productions is an artistic enterprise with a mission called the Seven Cs:
Create close encounters for the casual community with classical music.
During 22 years as a bassist for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO),
Rick Robinson began resetting the context of symphonic music for a broader community in ways major orchestras are reluctant to try. This progressive attitude is expressed throughout the CutTime® brand.
It began in 1995 when Robinson launched CutTime Players®, a flexible mixed octet with DSO principal musicians, pioneering lively programs of symphonic hits to reveal the joy, mechanics and potential for meaning that make classical music matter.
In 1998 CutTime Players Publishing (ASCAP) began publishing these works.
After a vivid dream in 1999 Robinson suddenly began composing a large, romantic-style work, ESSAY After Sibelius. After the premiere in 2006 by DSO, he wrote a dozen works which effectively shift romantic focus from Vienna woods to Detroit streets to launch the string sextet CutTime Simfonica® in 2010.
With music, mission and methods fully formed, CutTime began to partner with Classical Revolution (CR), launching chapters in both Detroit (2010) and Grand Rapids, MI (2012). This became the ideal platform for CutTime to make real the impact of symphonic music for a broader public, in clubs and restaurants and often with amplification. By 2012 he left the DSO sanctuary to offer CutTime and CRD services with musicians across all sectors. Now known as Mr. CutTime, Robinson is exploring new business models for art in the new economy, helping orchestras and venues connect with the casual community, all while Americanizing classical music.
Music critic Jeffrey Rossman of CVNC called Robinson, “a modern-day Dvorak… [whose] personality, aggressive advocacy of this, and his remarkable playing, composing and arranging skills put him in the forefront of this movement.” CutTime is in the inspiration business through music, raising the standards for community engagement with orchestras and music schools.
Crain’s Detroit Business recognized him in 2013 with a social entrepreneur award, adding ”Rick Robinson is bringing classical music to the masses — which may be one of the most challenging jobs in all of music.”
A cut time is the musical symbol meaning two beats per measure. It tells us to play either a lively speed or an easy, swinging beat. CutTime means it is time to cut the formality out of classical; time to make fine art music lively & easy; time to answer burning questions so that many more can enjoy it. CutTime is crossover firmly rooted in the symphony.